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About Cyril Whiteoak
Born in England, Cyril Whiteoak presented artistic qualities from a young age. He studied as an artist and gained high results in a London Institute City and Guilds exam. During World War II Whiteoak served in the Royal Air Force as a Medical Assistant, where he spent a significant amount of time in Egypt, painting murals on the hospital walls. In the late 1950s Whiteoak moved to New Zealand where he settled in a Titirangi studio, using the views of the Manukau harbour and bush as inspiration. Predominantly painting in watercolour, Whiteoak also used oils. He travelled widely on painting trips, through the world, and in New Zealand was employed as a travelling tutor by Auckland Society of Arts until his death.